Quince

Five years ago planted Quince Vranta. Last year it had a few small quince that never developed into eatable fruit. This year it was covered in blossoms but has no fruit. The tree is about 9 feet tall and looks healthy. Eventhough our soil in Derby is mainly clay I've seen other quince trees loaded down with fruit. Can you please tell me what the proglem could be.

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  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

    Have a look at some of the apple threads around as I'm fairly sure you'll be suffering from the same thing - lack of pollinators in the air after blossom and the cold wet weather after an early warm spell. It has meant it's a bad year generally for fruit trees.

    You haven't done anything wrong.

  • AhmadmirzaAhmadmirza Posts: 57

    Thanks Leggi for the info. I have a couple apple trees which I have not looked at because they always bear loads of fruit. Funny enough I have not noticed as many apples on the ground as usual so you must be right in that this is a poor year for fruit trees. Will have look at the trees in the morning and let you know what I find.

  • AhmadmirzaAhmadmirza Posts: 57

    Hello Leggi

    Have had a look at my apple trees and found they have about half as many apples as usual. This isn't a bad thing because not many have dropped and hopefully the remaining apples will be bigger. It is a shame about the quince tree not having any fruit because I was looking forward to my wife's quence jam.

  • paull2paull2 Posts: 93

    Last year was fantastic for most fruit. We had masses of blossom, a few fine days, and that must have done the trick. But, as has been said, a wonky Spring in 2012 has almost certainly ruined pollination time.  Actually, there was half the blossom this year, so that definitely counted. I can hardly find anything on my trees. Can any experts here say why we get heavy blossom Springs? Can it be the hard previous winter or  longer term influences? 

  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 677

    We have a Vranja quince tree about the same age that behaves in a similar way - it blossoms profusely, but only has a few fruit. By last year we had maybe a dozen decent quinces, which was great, but that was out of hundreds of blossoms. This year I am not so hopeful of getting any fruit.

    I think, as Leggi says, it's probably due to a lack of pollinators at a critical time. I've also noticed that the fruits our quince tree had were towards the top of the tree, which also suggests it's to do with pollenators.

    We love our quince tree anyway, as it's an elegant tree, its leaves open early in the year, it's pretty in blossom, and it's one of the last to drop its leaves.

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    I just noticed a couple of quinces on my bush today. However, I've never tried to use them as it's a decorative variety. Does anyone know if they are usable?

  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 677

    The decorative ones (Japanese Quince, withe the pretty red flowers) are quite different from the true quinces. The fruits tend to stay rock-hard, and although you can grate them and attempt to make quice jelly from them, I never had much success with this. The sort that grow on a tree look a bit like pears and are quite different.

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    Thanks for that, Green Magpie, it was as I suspected. Perhaps I should invest in a proper Quince tree as well.

  • AhmadmirzaAhmadmirza Posts: 57

    Hello Green Magpie, it is interesting what you said about the fruit of your quince tree being mainly on the top branches, the few  fruit we had was also on the top branches. The problem we had was that the fruit were so heavy they broke some of the branches. Usually there is no need to prune quince trees however since our branches are long and thin do you think pruning the branches would improve the structure of the tree?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    You can use the fruit of the Japanese Quince for cooking - I cut one into quarters (with a large sharp knife - they are very hard) and put them inside a pot-roasting pheasant with some apples around it and some cider.  They give the potroast a delicious tart flavour.

    And if you don't have access to 'proper quinces' you can half a Japanese quince and put it in with some ordinary apples when making jelly, and this will make a wonderfully flavoured jelly to have with cold meats and cheeses etc.

    However, they are no real replacement for 'real quinces' image

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